Maybe 24 is a better experience for all the fans who watch it on TV, it must be easier to overlook the inconsistent plot lines when you have weeks in between episodes and months between seasons. Watching 3 seasons on DVD in 2 months likely exposes the flaws of a TV show in a way that's harder to miss.
I still give the creators of 24 some credit for creativity. It is a brilliant concept to have each episode be in real time and each season take place over a period of 24 hours. The main character, Jack Bauer, is played well by Kiefer Sutherland and overall the show uses techniques that are innovative.
The problem is; this was all there in the first season and nothing really changed, there weren't any new concepts in season 2 or 3. 24 is all about surprising the audience and it worked in season 1. Now I come to expect them to kill off main characters and generally do the last thing I'm expecting. It's not new anymore, nor is the rest of the show.
24 is worth checking out if you've never seen it but basically if you've seen one season, or even most of one season, you've seen it all. It has become way too formulaic and I could only get through the last few episodes of season 2 and 3 by completely suspending my common sense.
24, Seasons 2 and 3 are definitely on my 'Don't Watch It' list and I give them both a value of $3.
February 28, 2007
24, Seasons 2 and 3 - $3
In January I rented the first season of 24 and enjoyed it, at least enough to go out and rent season 2. Following that I was somehow convinced to also rent season 3 and that's where things got even worse. It's not that 24 isn't entertaining at times, but it is predictable. It is full of unconvincing plots, inconsistent characters and worst of all 24 treats you the viewer like an idiot.